The top British and Irish stately homes sold during 2014:
Bovey Castle, Devon, England (June)
guide £14m, 275 acres, sold to Sir Peter Rigby‘s Rigby Group Eden Hotel Collection, built 1907 for 2nd Viscount Hambledon by Detmar Blow, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, Knight Frank, website, last sold 2006 for £26.4m to Delancey & Hilwood by Peter De Savary (2002 £7.5m), launched May 2012 £17.5m, offers due by 19 July 2013 guide £14m, under offer Sep 2013, sold 5 Jun 2014, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Stockton House, Wiltshire, England (Jan)
asking £5.95m, 40 acres, sold by Jan 2014 to Nick Jenkins of Moonpig cards, built 1590s for John Topp, Grade I, gardens unlisted, Strutt & Parker, brochure, Knight Frank, website, CL 1905, interiors, last sold c1998, launched 30 May 2012 for £7.5m, £6.5m from Aug 2012, £5.95m from May 2013, contents auction 15 May 2014, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Preston Hall, Kent, England (Mar)
nominal price, 25 acres, sold to Weston Homes by Department of Health to be converted into 36 residential apartments, built 1850 by John Thomas for Edward Betts, Grade II, gardens unlisted, video, satellite, last sold 1906 (then gifted), launched 2012, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Bruntwood Hall, Staffordshire, England (Nov)
asking £1.295m, sold to Oddfellows Hotels, freehold but no land as in public park, unlisted, built 1861, Savills, brochure, Dawson, brochure, offices, launched by May 2013 for £1.4m, conversion plans into hotel approved Jul 2015, Wiki.
Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire, England (Nov) – asking £2.5-3m, sold to Kelham Hall Limited owned by Jonathan Pass by Newark and Sherwood District Council to become a hotel, spa and conference centre, Grade I, unlisted gardens, Wiki.
Castle Grant, Highland, Scotland (Sep) – £1m, 35 acres, sold to Sergey Fedotov, Cat A, gardens listed, Strutt and Parker, last sold to Craig Whyte 2006 £720k (reposessed 8 Apr 2014), launched 17 Apr £1.1m, under offer 30 Apr, Wiki.
Contents Auctions (sale of house contents in situ or at auction houses):
Stockton House, Wiltshire, England – Cheng Huan’s Buddhist art collection by Bonhams on 15 May in London.